Fishing Poems

Popular Fishing Poems
Gone Fishin'
by Delmar Pepper

I've finished life's chores assigned to me,
So put me on a boat headed out to sea.
Please send along my fishing pole
For I've been invited to the fishin' hole.

Where every day is a day to fish,
To fill your heart with every wish.
Don't worry, or feel sad for me,
I'm fishin' with the Master of the sea.


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Nightfishing
by Gjertrud Schnackenberg

The kitchen's old-fashioned planter's clock portrays
A smiling moon as it dips down below
Two hemispheres, stars numberless as days,
And peas, tomatoes, onions, as they grow
Under that happy sky; but though the sands
Of time put on this vegetable disguise,
The clock covers its face with long, thin hands.
Another smiling moon begins to rise.

We drift in the small rowboat an hour before

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Mandalay
by Rudyard Kipling

By the old Moulmein Pagoda, lookin' eastward to the sea,
There's a Burma girl a-settin', and I know she thinks o' me;
For the wind is in the palm-trees, and the temple-bells they say:
"Come you back, you British soldier; come you back to Mandalay!"
Come you back to Mandalay,
Where the old Flotilla lay:
Can't you 'ear their paddles chunkin' from Rangoon to Mandalay?
On the road to Mandalay,
Where the flyin'-fishes play,
An' the dawn comes up like thunder outer China 'crost the Bay!

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Dutch Lullaby
by Eugene Field

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night
Sailed off in a wooden shoe,--
Sailed on a river of misty light
Into a sea of dew.
"Where are you going, and what do you wish?"
The old moon asked the three.
"We have come to fish for the herring-fish
That live in this beautiful sea;
Nets of silver and gold have we,"
Said Wynken,

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Autobiography
by Nâzım Hikmet

I was born in 1902
I never once went back to my birthplace
I don't like to turn back
at three I served as a pasha's grandson in Aleppo
at nineteen as a student at Moscow Communist University
at forty-nine I was back in Moscow as the Tcheka Party's guest
and I've been a poet since I was fourteen
some people know all about plants some about fish
I know separation
some people know the names of the stars by heart

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Recent Fishing Poems
Game Fishing in Florida
by Dr. Robert Ippaso

An art or a sport
Some whisper a ‘crazy obsession’,
And like Golf where age won't cut short
At least our pastime won't lead to depression.

A hook and a line
Much patience, sun balms,
No rush when your world is sublime
With glistening waters and a horizon of wavering palms.


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Everybody’s Grandfather
by Jeffrey Pipes Guice

Grandfather...
Will you play with me today...
Will you take me fishing...
Will you show me your way...

Will you tell me the difference
Between a crane and a loon...
Where’s your best fishing spot
At the Audubon Park lagoon...


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Miracles
by Walt Whitman

WHY! who makes much of a miracle?
As to me, I know of nothing else but miracles,
Whether I walk the streets of Manhattan,
Or dart my sight over the roofs of houses toward the sky,
Or wade with naked feet along the beach, just in the edge of the
water,
Or stand under trees in the woods,
Or talk by day with any one I love--or sleep in the bed at night with
any one I love,
Or sit at table at dinner with my mother,

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As I Ebb'D With The Ocean Of Life
by Walt Whitman

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As I ebb'd with the ocean of life,
As I wended the shores I know,
As I walk'd where the ripples continually wash you Paumanok,
Where they rustle up hoarse and sibilant,
Where the fierce old mother endlessly cries for her castaways,
I musing late in the autumn day, gazing off southward,
Held by this electric self out of the pride of which I utter poems,
Was seiz'd by the spirit that trails in the lines underfoot,
The rim, the sediment that stands for all the water and all the

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Faces
by Walt Whitman

SAUNTERING the pavement, or riding the country by-road--lo! such
faces!
Faces of friendship, precision, caution, suavity, ideality;
The spiritual, prescient face--the always welcome, common, benevolent
face,
The face of the singing of music--the grand faces of natural lawyers
and judges, broad at the back-top;
The faces of hunters and fishers, bulged at the brows--the shaved
blanch'd faces of orthodox citizens;
The pure, extravagant, yearning, questioning artist's face;

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Popular Famous Poets about Fishing
  • Richard Brautigan
    Richard Brautigan (12 poems about Fishing)
    January 30, 1935 – September 14, 1984 / Tacoma, Washington
  • Billy Collins
    Billy Collins (10 poems about Fishing)
    22 March 1941 - / New York City
  • Marianne Moore
    Marianne Moore (4 poems about Fishing)
    November 15, 1887 – February 5, 1972 / Kirkwood, Missouri
  • James Tate
    James Tate (3 poems about Fishing)
    8 December 1943 - / Kansas City, Missouri
  • Yosa Buson
    Yosa Buson (3 poems about Fishing)
    1716 - 1784 / Osaka / Japan
  •  Walter Enyeart
    Walter Enyeart (3 poems about Fishing)
    Mountlake Terrace, WA, USA
  • Thomas Lux
    Thomas Lux (3 poems about Fishing)
    1946 / Northampton, Massachusetts
  • Spike Milligan
    Spike Milligan (3 poems about Fishing)
    16 April 1918 – 27 February 2002 / Ahmednagar
  •  Audrey B. Dodge
    Audrey B. Dodge (2 poems about Fishing)
    Orlando, Florida
  • Jacob Steendam
    Jacob Steendam (2 poems about Fishing)
    1616 - 1672 / Enkhuizen